GREENVILLE - William D. Rhoades, age 86, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on May 7, 2013, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville.
William was born Sept. 6, 1926, in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Fern W. and Lelia (Strait) Rhoades.
William was involved in farming most of his life in the Greenville area. He was also retired from the Greenville Post Office following 37 ½ years as a rural mail carrier.
William was a member of the First Congregational Christian Church in Greenville; member of the Darke County Farm Bureau; member of the Darke County, Ohio and National Plowing Associations; served on the Darke County Fair Board for 18 years; past member of the National Brown Swiss Cattle Association; past member of the Greenville Board of Education; member and past master in 1958 of the Greenville Masonic Lodge No. 143 F&AM; member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton where he was a 32nd degree Mason; and was proud of his 46 consecutive years of planting corn.
In addition to his parents, William is also preceded in death by his first wife, Janet L. (Ashman) Rhoades on Nov. 20, 1995; two granddaughters, Krista Rhoades and Kylie Rhoades; brothers, Richard Wayne Rhoades and Ned Rhoades; and a sister, Betty Lee Lewis.
William is survived by his second wife, Wilma (Lephart) "McKibben" Rhoades, whom he married November 1999; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and George O'Dell, Cindy and Bruce Hunt and Alyce Ann and Bruce Hirsch, all of Greenville; sons and daughters-in-law, Dick and Pam Rhoades, Chris and Jan Rhoades and Doug and Leslie Rhoades, all of Greenville; grandchildren, Betsy and Randy Gourley, Tara and Jeff Fuhrhop, Molly and Jason Riehle, Dawn and Rick Baker, Kristin O'Dell, Dennis Rhoades, Angela and Mike Moore, Seth Rhoades, Jed and Amy Rhoades, Heather and Tracy Brown, Nathan and Lori Hunt, Holly and Adam Marchal, Ben and Kayla Hirsch, Hannah Rhoades, Sarah Rhoades, Samuel Rhoades and Carrie Rhoades; great-grandchildren, Kayla O'Dell, Colin and Piper Gourley, Will, Tessa and Emily Riehle, Graham Fuhrhop, Aaron and Taylor Jackson, Corbin, Cooper, Saige, Addison, Tylyn and Kylie Rhoades, Riley, Cooper and Meredith Hunt, Foster and Stuart Brown, Cody Durst, Landon and Braxton Marchal, and Americus and Emma Hirsch; stepchildren, Donna and Frank McKibben of Missouri, Tim and Sylvia McKibben of Greenville, Karen and Nathan Sharp of Greenville and their children and grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Don Myers officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. A Masonic memorial service will be conducted by the Greenville Masonic Lodge at 7:45 P.M. followed by the Scottish Rite Ring ceremony. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Christian Church in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com